One of the things that we always expect to happen during our vacations is that the weather is perfect! So far, Tuscany has delivered just that with gorgeous, sunny days that are not too hot and nights that are cool enough for comfortable sleeping. With this weather, every road trip has been a pleasure and today’s was no exception, as we headed into the direction of Montepulciano.
Driving through the landscape, it is just a joy to behold all the gently rolling valleys and cross the hills that separate them. The winding roads give a clear indication why Italians would love their supercars, as these roads are made for powerful, highly maneuverable vehicles.
Our first stop was in the small town of Pienza, which is simply gorgeous. Its small, highly walkable center is filled with little restaurants, such as the one in an alley where we ate a fantastic meal in an atmosphere where the owner enjoyed our presence.
Little streets and a beautiful church (go check the labyrinth) really show why Pienza is a world heritage site. Among towns, this is a relatively new settlement, as the entire town was rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance city by Pope Pius II and named after him.
Montepulciano is the larger of the two towns that we visited today. Sitting on a limestone ridge, this town is a hill climb in just about every direction, as streets are steep each and every way. The medieval fortress is very much in evidence in many sections, as the heavy walls dominate any time one gets closer to the edge of town. Wine merchants are everywhere and many indicate that they ship acorss the globe.
On our return trip, I stopped to get some landscape shots, such as the last image in the series; plenty of work to do in editing images when I get home, as these landscapes are just beautiful to see.